The $100,000 Meadowlands Maturity Pace was the feature of Friday night's card at the Meadowlands and served as the stage for the successful return to the races of two-time defending Pacer of the Year Captaintreacherous.
Saddled with post ten for his seasonal debut, The Captain was sent away from the gate by Tim Tetrick improving to a mid-field tuck in fifth as first Word Power and then Apprentice Hanover led past the opening quarter in :26 flat. Tetrick tipped Captaintreacherous at about the three eighths mark and within a few strides had the lead at the half in :54 flat.
A :28.2 breather in the third panel was all he needed to get home as The Captain responded to Tetrick's urging when Sunfire Blue Chip approached headstretch, and then held stablemate Odds On Equuleus safe by a length in 1:49.2. Dovuto Hanover was third.
Driver Tim Tetrick was dutifully impressed with the performance and stated post-race when asked about facing older foes, "I think he's as good as any of them. When he feels a horse at him, he goes on. He wouldn't let anyone by tonight until we got back to the paddock.”
Captaintreacherous Racing owns the winner, who wasprepped for the occasion by his trainer Tony Alagna. Next reported stop for the Treacherous Team is Mohegan Sun at Pocono for the Ben Franklin eliminations. (Meadowlands)